Location, Discipline of Bishop Accused of Abuse 'Kept Secret'

Quad-City Times
June 28, 2011

[Diocese report]

The whereabouts of two living credibly accused priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport now is public in light of the diocese's recent filing of its last required annual report to its bankruptcy court.

But whether any discipline action ever was brought against now-retired Bishop Lawrence Soens, who's also accused of abuse, or his whereabouts are still being kept secret.

According to diocese spokesman Deacon David Montgomery, Gerald Stouvenal lives at the diocese's chancery at 780 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport, and Francis Bass lives in a nursing home in Iowa City.

Both priests each are "leading a life of prayer and penance" and are given no assignments in their communities, Montgomery said.


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